Join us in mourning David and showing the Ugandan government that there must be no more violence and discrimination against LGBT Ugandans.
When: February 3, 2011 4:00 pm
Where: Location to be determined. Vigil will be followed by a procession to Uganda House – 336 E. 45th St.
(New York, February 1, 2011) US religious leaders have a moral responsibility to condemn and combat the murderous spread of homophobic hate in Uganda, said a coalition of thirty-five human rights organizations announcing a vigil in memory of slain Ugandan human rights activist David Kato. The candlelight vigil will be held at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza and followed by a silent procession to Uganda House, the Ugandan mission to the United Nations, on February 3 at 4 pm. (Co-sponsors are listed below.)
Kato, a prominent leader of the same gender loving movement in Uganda, was found murdered in his Kampala home on January 26. His photograph had been published in a Ugandan tabloid that called for hanging homosexual people; he had recently led a successful lawsuit forcing the publication to desist. The groups also voiced concern that homophobia may prevent Ugandan authorities from conducting a full and fair investigation of Kato’s murder.READ MORE...
Stand In Solidarity with
Sexual Minorities Uganda
The Global Justice Institute
Please Join Us For
New York City Memorial Service
Monday, February 7th, 2011 @ 7:00PM
Abyssinian Baptist Church
132 Odell Clark Place
(West 138th Street
between Lenox Avenue & Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Blvd)
Harlem, New York City
As same gender loving and transgender Ugandans and same-gender-loving faith leaders in the United States mourn the death of SGL leader David Kato, the historic Abyssinian Baptist Church in New York City is opening its doors to host a memorial service for Mr. Kato. The Rev. Dr. Calvin O. Butts III one of the leading African American ministers in the United States will preside over the service in a congregation known as the “cradle of the Black Church.”
WHO: The Rev. Dr. Calvin O. Butts III, pastor Abyssinian Baptist Church
Pastor Joseph W. Tolton, pastor of Rehoboth Christ Consciousness
Pastor Michael Walrond Jr., pastor of First Corinthian Baptist Church
Bishop Yvette Flunder, presiding bishop of The Fellowship
Frank Mugisha, president of Sexual Minorities Uganda
Charles Radcliffe, Office of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
WHAT: Memorial Service and call for solidarity in remembrance of slain Ugandan SGL rights advocate, David Kato.
WHEN: Monday February 7, 2011. 7pm
WHERE: Abyssinian Baptist Church 132 Odell Clark Place, NY, NY (W 138th St)
For Directions: http://www.abyssinian.org/contact/contact/
WHY: On Wednesday January 26, 2011 David Kato, a Ugandan SGL rights advocate, was beaten to death in his home. His death comes just months after his name, picture and home address were published by the Ugandan newspaper, Rolling Stone, where Kato and 99 others were pictured in an article calling for their execution. Uganda came under scrutiny last year as its parliament proposed the death penalty for homosexual people. Many believe American Evangelicals who visited Uganda in 2009 helped create the bill and fomented a climate of fear leading to violence.
The memorial, will remember Kato's work, celebrate his life, and mourn his death while challenging lawmakers, foreign and domestic governments and citizens of this world to respond with action against anti-homosexual movements stoked by religion.